Review: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

I don’t know about you, but round these parts it’s getting seriously chilly. That means it’s time for burlier, heavy, richly flavored beers, and 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat arrives with all of that in tow.

This spiced winter ale is a rich mahogany color and pours minimally foamy. The nose is woody and hoppy and hints at chocolate. The body offers more of the same, but it’s thinner than you might expect. Lightly bitter with a bit of creamy coffee, the “spiced” portion of this ale is where things go a bit wrong. A touch of cinnamon, maybe orange peel — that’s about all I get, and it hardly screams holiday time. Needs a bit more carbonation to it, too. It’s ultimately perfectly drinkable, but I wanted more of a festive experience.

7.9 percent alcohol by volume and 45 IBUs. Available through the end of the year.

B / $9 per six-pack of 12 oz. cans /

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